Does earning a high salary weigh more than finding your dream job?

That is a dilemma that most of us have faced at one point or another during our lives: is it worth it to trade a satisfying job for a big paycheck?

Students think hard about this question when considering what college to choose while employees are asking themselves whether the long hours and increased stress are worth the higher pay.

In an ideal world, we would have the best of both options: a fulfilling job and a fat paycheck. In reality, however, most people often have to sacrifice their dreams to be able to pay their bills.

With that in mind, we couldn’t help but ask ourselves, which can bring you more satisfaction in life: money or career?

Let’ find out!


Going for the Money

Business, economics, and engineering are the industries that pay the best. A major in liberal arts, on the other hand, are at the bottom of the list when it comes to the highest paying jobs.

So, the plan looks pretty simple: if you want to make a lot of money, then you need to focus on studying computer sciences, economics, business administration, and so on.

But, what if you’re not that good with numbers?

Well, it’s alright; you can still make it through school and land a job.

Sure, it won’t be a fulfilling one, and your inability to work with numbers as fast as those who have a natural inclination towards exact sciences will put you at a disadvantage.

But, you’ll still receive a nice paycheck at the end of the month than if you would have chosen to study modern art, for example.


Choosing to Do What You Love

Daniel H. Pink says in his book, “Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us,” that betting on a field to make money is a fool’s game.

His reasoning is that if you don’t put passion into what you do, you won’t be able to do it for the long run nor rise to the top.

The only time when people flourish and are willing to give everything is when they are passionate about what they are doing.

Some of the most successful entrepreneurs today have started from nothing, working day and night in their garages on an idea that drove them.

Today, they’ve built global companies that hire hundreds of thousands of native and multilingual employees across the world.


Signs You Should Focus on a High-Paying Job

  • You want financial stability more than anything else;
  • You want to be able to provide for your children or/and a spouse;
  • You loathe the idea of not being able to pay your college loans as fast as possible. Unpaid bills make your skin crawl;
  • You dream to have nice clothes, a car, a better apartment, and so on.


Signs a Fulfilling Career Is More Important Than Money

  • You can’t imagine doing something that you’re not passionate about;
  • Doing something that makes you happy is more important to you than goods or social status;
  • You’re interested in supporting your own dreams, not the dreams of those around you;

In the end, it all depends on how you define success.

If for you the notion of success equals a high income, then a high-paying job is the right choice.

But, if happiness lies in what you do rather than on how much you earn, then choose a career that will fulfill you.

Regardless of your decision, know that even the best-laid plans can change, the economy can have a downfall, or your priorities can change as you grow old.

Charles Dearing is a business and career world enthusiast. Reading is his passion and so is writing. Therefore he is a blogger and contributor to various career and business blogs.

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